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About This Manual

This User Manual describes NVIDIA®  BlueField® Ethernet BF1500 Controller Card. It provides details as to the interfaces of the board, specifications, required software and firmware for operating the board, and a step-by-step plan of how to bring up the BlueField Controller Card.

EOL'ed (End of Life) Ordering Part Numbers

The table below provides the ordering part numbers (OPNs) for available BlueField BF1500 Controller Card.

NVIDIA SKUOPNMarketing Description
900-9D1A2-0056-SN0 MBF1L516B-CSNATBlueField® Controller card, Dual-Port 100GbE QSFP28, BlueField® G-Series 16 cores, PCIe Gen3.0/4.0 x16, Crypto disabled, 16GB on-board DDR, FHHL, Single Slot, Tall Bracket

Intended Audience

This manual is intended for the installer and user of these cards. The manual assumes basic familiarity with Ethernet network and architecture specifications.

Technical Support

Customers who purchased NVIDIA products directly from NVIDIA are invited to contact us through the following methods:

Customers who purchased Mellanox M-1 Global Support Services, please see your contract for details regarding Technical Support.
Customers who purchased Mellanox products through a Mellanox approved reseller should first seek assistance through their reseller.

Related Documentation

IEEE Std 802.3 SpecificationIEEE Ethernet specification at
PCI Express SpecificationsIndustry Standard PCI Express Base and Card Electromechanical Specifications at
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Document Conventions

When discussing memory sizes, MB and MBytes are used in this document to mean size in mega Bytes. The use of Mb or Mbits (small b) indicates size in mega bits. In this document PCIe is used to mean PCI Express.

Revision History

A list of the changes made to this document are provided in Document Revision History.